A Proclivity to Prurience (The Obsession Trilogy #1) by Cheryl Butler
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Joe’s controversial approach to life is fuelled by his fixation on Abbie, and a beautiful wedding offers the perfect opportunity for him to seduce her – everyone loves a wedding, don’t they? The only hurdle is Eddie – Abbie’s son and Joe’s best friend – but inebriated and forcing an end to the evening, he inadvertently assists Joe’s quest and a suitably indulgent night beckons. But what should have been a culmination of Joe’s eleven-year obsession descends into chaos and devastation, wrenching Joe from all he’s known for the majority of his life. Accustomed to getting what he wants, it’s not until he really gets what he wants that his world unravels and his control slips away. Be careful what you wish for, be careful who you wish for, for obsession comes with a price… but is it a price worth paying?
Explicit – strictly 18+
I have read erotica in the past, and though this does include a lot of lust and passion, it also includes a love between two broken people who have had horrific pasts. Their relationship may seem taboo to some, but not to Abbie and Joe. They both were forced to grow up quickly under devastating circumstances and their love for Eddie, Abbie’s son and Joe’s best friend, is all they had, until….
At first it was hard to wrap my head around this story, but when I read Abbie’s and Joe’s history, it broke my heart to see Joe’s destructive meltdown, and Abbie’s handling of her loss. However, Abbie meets an unlikely friend who may be a lifesaver for both of them.
Overall, this is an exceptional and very unnerving story filled with sex, obsession, guilt, anger, and many surprises in between including a cliffhanger ending. It is imperative that I continue this series. Recommend highly!
Thank you to Ms. Butler for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Having worked in a variety of industries, Cheryl has met many interesting people and, with a profound interest in what makes them tick, she has spent a lifetime of asking ‘What would I do in that situation?’ and ‘What if things happened this way?’, creating a multitude of plots and twists that she had always dismissed until one storyline nagged her constantly and she decided to alleviate herself of the burden, committing her ideas to virtual paper. Assuming she would run out of steam five chapters or so in, she amazed herself by writing two novels within a year and A Proclivity To Prurience was born. It was difficult to write, given the themes, but Cheryl felt it was a story that would resonate in the current climate. Writing between a part-time job and raising two young children was a task in itself, but, every spare minute was spent doing so or thinking about doing so and her characters took on a life of their own.
Cheryl loves character-driven tales with a psychological edge and aims to produce that kind of work herself, and she’s not afraid to tackle issues that some may find difficult… other than horror – she can’t read or write horror as she scares far too easily!
Aside from writing and her family, Cheryl’s greatest passion is music and she can easily lose herself in a favourite album or song, rather like she does within a book she’s writing or reading, and a musician’s ability to move you on any level is pure genius.